A 53-year-old female asked:
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doc said if there's ligament/ tendon tear or rupture at ankle after sprain, i can't walk at all. since i can walk, it means strain. no need mri. true?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Depends: If you are improving the tendon injury was probably mild and is healing. If you are not getting better after 3 months the tendon injury may be more severe. This still doesn't necessarily mean you need an MRI but may indicate more specific care of the injured area is required.
Answered on Jun 4, 2015
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Dr. Robert Conenello
30 years experience Sports Medicine
Not true: The ability to walk has no relevance on the severity of your injury. An MRI would help your doc make a more definitive diagnosis.
Answered on Jun 4, 2015
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Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith commented
43 years experience Podiatry
Certainly the ability to walk has relevance, just as much as the inability to walk.
Jun 3, 2015

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